MAN DIP LITE
Although this title sounds like a Chinese brunch special, this series of work has nothing to do with Asian cuisine. For the past 15 years, flyering and and postering for DJ events has been an integral part of self promotion in my life. Today people rely more and more on digital advertising and the art form of the flyer has dwindled. Man Dip Lite not only celebrates the work of such early Hip-Hop flyer designers such as Buddy Esquire and Phase 2 but also the reveals the methods of creating posters such as screen printing, hand painting, photocopying, and cut and paste collage and the various ways posters are presented on the poles and boards on the streets using staples, tape and sticky tack.
Original photographs taken at various venues through I have DJ’ed at over the last 15 years are transformed with photographs taken from the late 70’s and early 80’s hip-hop, disco, and post punk era, and are melded together with the influences of not only the original flyer makers but also the work of original street and pop art icons such as Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, and Basquiat.
Andrew Gavin(Hicks) desperately wanted to work for MI6 when he was a kid, despite various attempts by his father to turn him into an accountant (“you’ll always have a job”). He tried to train Jedi’s in his backyard, made copious amounts of mix tapes for his friends, and almost became a soccer star, but smoking and drinking that came with a stellar DJ career derailed all of that.
Following an intense passion for film, but in his own words, didn’t know a Monet from a Mondrian, decided that he should go for a less conventional film education and has received his BA in INTEGRATED MEDIA, … more like constantly and consistently starting new projects at OCAD (Ontario College of Art and Design) in Toronto Ontario, Canada as of May, 2010. He has tried to master photography, screen printing, and design all on his own and of course has taken every conceivable film course the school has to offer.
Deciding that he is not ready for the real world combined with the uncomfortable position of being an artist in an anemic economic market, Andrew will add to his academic achievements by completing a MASTERS OF CINEMATIC STUDIES at the University Of Western Ontario while working on a second short film based on the prolific downtown New York art/music/video scene of the late 1970′s and early 80′s.